Microsoft Surface Book – the first in-house laptop from Microsoft has been announced along with the Surface Pro 4 to complete the Surface lineup. Lets take a look at the hardware, specifications and features.
Microsoft Surface Book Specifications
The Microsoft Surface Book is the first full-fledged laptop from the company that also doubles up as a tablet. It features a 13.5-inch PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and 10 point multi-touch. It has a resolution of 3000 x 2000 pixels with a pixel density of 267 ppi. It is powered by the latest Intel Skylake processors (6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7) and on the GPU department, it packs in Intel HD graphics 520 (i5) and NVIDIA GeForce (i5/i7). It comes with an option of 8GB or 16GB of RAM and internal storage option includes 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB SSD. It runs on Windows 10 Pro out of the box and comes with free 30 day trial of Office.
The Surface Book rocks a 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and 1080p Full HD recording. On the front, it has a 5 megapixel front-facing HD camera for video calling and selfies. The camera can also supports Windows Hello face authentication. It comes with Stereo microphones and Stereo speakers with Dolby audio. It has a TPM chip for enterprise security. Its weight starts at 1,516 grams that includes the keyboard. Only the tablet is 7.7 mm thick and the entire device (including keyboard) is 22.8 mm thick.
On the connectivity front, the Surface Book comes with WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, two full size USB 3.0, Full-size SD card reader, 3.5 mm audio jack, mini DisplayPort and SurfaceConnect. Microsoft promises battery life of up to 12 hours of video playback. It has ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. A new Surface Pen, similar to the Surface Pro 4, comes out of the box that properly utilizes the display that comes with 1024 different pressure sensitivity levels. The Pen attaches magnetically to the device and also has an eraser tool now. The keyboard is backlit and it has a glass trackpad below it as well. A new Surface dock has also been announced that has 2 Display ports (up to 4K), 4 USB 3.0 ports and an ethernet port. Also, the Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge is cringe worthy.
The Microsoft Surface Book starts at US $1,499 and is currently on pre-order. It starts shipping from October 26, 2015.